Ovidian Reflections in Gascoigne's Steel Glass

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A fascination with Ovid is one of the distinctive features of later Elizabethan literature. The first substantial original work to make prominent use of Ovid in the period is George Gascoigne's The Steel Glass with The Complaint of Philomene (1575). It is especially interesting and unusual because, as later poets would do, it uses Ovid for political ends. Indeed, it couples Ovid with Lucilius, the outspoken Republican satirist, as its twin classical inspirations. Gascoigne uses moralizing in the service of qualities we appreciate today: purposeful ambiguity, complexity, and a ludic irony, enabling him to criticize authority while evading censorship. All this makes it deeply Ovidian in ways which reach far beyond the translations of the 1560s and yet which are quite different from later Elizabethan epyllia
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603
EditorsMike Pincombe, Cathy Shrank
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages571-586
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780199205882, 0199205884
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2009

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Ovid
Steel
Elizabethan Age
Distinctive Features
Complaints
Irony
Original Work
Republican
Satirist
Poet
Censorship
Authority
1560s

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Pugh, S. (2009). Ovidian Reflections in Gascoigne's Steel Glass. In M. Pincombe, & C. Shrank (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603 (pp. 571-586). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199205882.013.0035

Ovidian Reflections in Gascoigne's Steel Glass. / Pugh, Syrithe.

The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603. ed. / Mike Pincombe; Cathy Shrank. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2009. p. 571-586.

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Pugh, S 2009, Ovidian Reflections in Gascoigne's Steel Glass. in M Pincombe & C Shrank (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 571-586. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199205882.013.0035
Pugh S. Ovidian Reflections in Gascoigne's Steel Glass. In Pincombe M, Shrank C, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 2009. p. 571-586 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199205882.013.0035
Pugh, Syrithe. / Ovidian Reflections in Gascoigne's Steel Glass. The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603. editor / Mike Pincombe ; Cathy Shrank. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2009. pp. 571-586
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